THE GUARDIAN: Joe Biden discussed his plans to reverse Donald Trump’s immigration policies with Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday, according to a phone call readout released by the White House on Saturday.

The new US president outlined his plan to reduce migration by focusing on “addressing its root causes”, the readout said, including efforts to increase “resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways” and to improve processing at the US-Mexico border.

The two leaders agreed to work together towards reducing “irregular migration”, the White House said. López Obrador tweeted that Biden had been “kind and respectful”.

“We discussed issues related to migration, Covid-19 and cooperation for development and welfare,” he said. “Everything indicates that relations will be good for the good of our people.”

It was reported that López Obrador also welcomed Biden’s recognition of the Mexican migrant community’s contributions to American life.

Biden’s first steps on immigration policy – including an early push to open a path to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living in the US illegally, which even allies in Congress acknowledge may be “a Herculean task” – have prompted an immediate backlash from the right.

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